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Symposium on John Wilkinson's The Lyric Touch, 23 June 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 5:12am
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Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex
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The Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex presents an event devoted to the discussion of John Wilkinson's collection of essays, The Lyric Touch (Salt 2007). The aim of the event is to promote critical attention upon an important book, and to generate discussion and reflection in an atmosphere more focused than is possible in a larger conference. John Wilkinson will be attending and responding to contributors' papers.

We welcome proposals for papers of around 20 minutes in length dealing with any aspect of The Lyric Touch, its critical methodologies, its readings of individual poets and poems, or its relationship to its author's poetry. Ideas for panels are also welcome.

Composition Exercise Book - The Write Book

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 10:44pm
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Russ Brickey
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The Write Book

FORM: Composition exercise book (not a reader!) tentatively title The Write Book. We are putting together a collection of exercises to be used as an aid to instructors in the high school or college composition classroom.

PREMISE: This should be a practical, hands-on collection of exercises that instructors of composition—especially but not limited to TAs in their first years of teaching—can use live in the classroom. This is not a reader (which there are plenty of already) but a handbook much like "The Practice of Poetry" in which poets share their best writing prompts and in-class exercises. This is meant to be an aid to class work; a workbook for students will be designed to accompany the text.

Studies in Australasian Cinema

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 10:16pm
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Anthony Lambert, Macquarie University

Studies in Australasian Cinema is an international refereed scholarly journal devoted to the cinema of, and film scholarship from, the Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific region. We would like to announce a call for papers for the following issues:

Issue 5.3 (Dec 2011): Cities and Australasian Film and Television

Issue 6.1 (Apr 2012): Imaging Religion and Spirituality

Genre Erotica: Sex in Speculative Fiction

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 7:37pm
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Dagan Books

Abstracts for new work, and previously published papers, are now being accepted for inclusion in GENRE EROTICA: SEX IN SPECULATIVE FICTION. This book is being produced by Dagan Books and will be published in both print and e-book formats. Papers must specifically deal with the subject of genre fiction in erotica or speculative fiction that has overtly sexual themes. Papers can discuss either literature or film, though preference will be given to literature first, films which are adapted from literature second, and films which were written as screenplays third (unless the writer is also a producer or director).

Submission Information

Submissions should include:

Dublin: Renaissance City of Literature, Dublin, 5 September 2011 (Submission Deadline, 20 April 2011)

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 5:16pm
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Dr Crawford Gribben and Kathleen Miller / Trinity College Dublin

This UNESCO-funded conference is being convened at Marsh's Library in Dublin to interrogate the notion of Dublin as a Renaissance "city of literature". The organizers invite papers discussing literature and literary production in early modern Ireland, with a focus on Dublin. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Language and identity
• Women's writing
• Bibliography studies
• Print and manuscript cultures
• Book history
• Author studies
• Composition and agency
• Writing for the stage and Dublin theatres
• Literary networks
• Genre studies
• Book trade

"Cultivating Human-Animal Relations Through Poetic Form" (SAMLA, Nov 4-6, 2011)

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men. –Alice Walker

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? –George Bernard Shaw

Creative Writing Panel at PCAS/ACAS Conference, New Orleans, Oct. 6-8, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:02pm
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The Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South
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Call for Creative Writing (poetry and fiction) at PCAS/ACAS 2011

This year's conference will be held in New Orleans October 6-8.

This panel will be comprised of creative writing (poetry and fiction). Please submit either five poems or ten pages of fiction for possible inclusion on the panel. Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments to:

The following information should also accompany each submission:

Your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address(es), and phone number(s).

Submissions are due via e-mail by Friday, April 1.

Modernist Marriage and Divorce - abstracts due 4/7

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 11:34am
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Holly Jackson/ Modernist Studies Association 2011 Conference, Buffalo NY October 6-9
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From the rise of no-fault divorce to nativist anxiety about exogamy, the shifting structure of marriage is a defining preoccupation of modernist fiction. This panel will examine the cultural innovations that reshaped marriage in the modernist moment. How do representations of marriage relate to teleology/futurity? What formal structures and aesthetic strategies arise to represent the dissolution of the institution that traditionally represents narrative closure? Does divorce signify differently in American and British modernisms? Despite the spike in the divorce rate, is marriage itself resistant to modernization? Is marriage a site of nostalgia, a yardstick of historical change, an antiquated relic?

NewBorder: A Texas/Mexico Border Anthology accepting Critical, Fiction, CNF, and Poetry - Submission Deadline June 15, 2010

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:16pm
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NewBorder: An Anthology to be Published by Texas A&M Press
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NewBorder: An Anthology of Texas/Mexico Border Writing

We are seeking submissions for a collection of the best fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction depicting life, culture, and issues of the Texas/Mexico Rio Grande Border tentatively titled New Border Writing: A Still Life in Words for publication by Texas A&M university Press. Tom Pilkington in State of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture writes:

Detective Fiction, Professionalism, and the Modern Bureaucratic State (Modernist Studies Association, Buffalo, Oct. 6-9, 2011)

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:49pm
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Daniel Harney / University of Toronto
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This panel explores the simultaneous emergence of the crime writing genre, the modern bureaucratic state, and professional society. Does the amateur private eye in British or American detective fiction represent an effort to subvert the professional police force and offer a corrective to the corruption within the modern bureaucratic state? Or is the private eye (and by extension the genre) ultimately conservative in maintaining the status quo, following a professional code amidst romantic temptations, and perpetuating the "evident failure of the unfettered free market to deliver a just society" (McCann, 2000, 6)? More broadly, what does detective fiction tell us about forms of resistance to the rise of professional society during the modernist period?


Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:01pm
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Department of English Philology II (UCM) - Friends of Thoreau (Franklin Institute UAH)

Environmental disciplines have recently gained prominence due to the potentially devastating consequences of climate change: increasing natural disasters, the greenhouse effect, temperature variations, changing sea levels, etc. Such issues have raised awareness on the necessity for a drastic change in thinking. Ecocriticism—along with other green disciplines dealing with the relationship between society and the environment—places nature as the center of the intellectual debate. As Kate Rigby states, "culture constructs the prism through which we know nature." Reading Nature Conference aims to explore from a critical perspective how such a prism is constructed.

"Cancer and the Pharmakon" / SLSA September 22-25, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 3:25pm
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Shiloh Krupar and Nadine Ehlers / Georgetown University

This panel is concerned with the ways cancer treatment regimes and medico-discursive protocols trouble the distinctions between "to kill" and "to cure", and the supposedly separate realms of life and death. Cancer compels examination of the pharmakon's dialectical slippages: cancer is met with the imperative to cure, yet the cure itself cannot be extricated from the call to kill; cancer is always indeterminate in that cell growth—usually the sign of life—is actually the first sign of death; to live inside cancer treatment is to experience a kind of death in order to prolong life.

Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 3:22pm
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Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.)
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Scholars and other interested parties are invited to submit papers for the 2013 Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (January 26th-February 3rd). The Festival theme is "The Rise of Community: The Town of Eatonville Models 125 Years of Self-Governance."

UPDATE -- Textus: Gothic Frontiers. Abstracts by 1 June, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:18pm
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Francesca Saggini and Glennis Byron

Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)

This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.

Special Session Proposal Shakespeare in the Schools 15 April; MMLA 3-6 November 2011 St. Louis, MO

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:33am
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Barbara Cobb, Murray State University

Seeking abstracts/proposals for papers supporting collaborations between Shakespeare scholars/educators and elementary, middle, and high school teachers and programs. Topics may include but are not limited to: introducing Shakespeare to children, grades 3-6; improving K-12 teacher preparation for teaching Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the early modern English vs. modernized English debate; collaborations of any type.
Please e-mail abstracts, proposals, queries by 15 April; panel proposal is due to MMLA by 22 April.